Disabled Man on Hunger Strike over Benefit Cuts

  • A man who had his disability benefits removed is on 15th day of a hunger strike in protest!

    George Rolph has had his benefits re-instated, but is continuing the strike so people hear his anger at the way disabled and vulnerable people are being treated.

     Mr Rolph, was wrongly classed as fit to work from an assessment by Atos, and has gone on a hunger strike out of protest.

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have now admitted the error and reinstated the benefit, after months of struggle without it.

    However, Rolph is continuing the strike so that people hear his anger towards Atos and the government for the treatment of the disabled, the sick and the most vulnerable people in society. He is also looking for compensation for the troubles he has been through.

    Yesterday morning, his plight was read publicly at St. George’s Hall in Liverpool and is being tweeted widely on Twitter with the hashtags #GeorgeRolph, #Atos, #DWP, #Disability and #hungerstrike being the common way for people to pass on their support.

    There is a very emotive Sound Cloud interview with George that has had almost 1.5 thousand plays, and a short interview with Mr Rolph on BBC News London, about being forced to live in extreme poverty after having his income support removed. He is asked why he is on a hunger strike, to which he replied:

    You can have my life, but you will have it my way.

    I will die if you want me to, but I'm going to make a big noise.

    See the full BBC London interview on You Tube, including a report on a lady called Linda Wootton who received a fit to work assessment 9 days before she passed away due to her illness.

    George Rolph is using the social media channels to tell people about his protest but yesterday morning, Facebook deactivated George Rolph's page without warning and with no reason given.

    There is now however a 'We Support George Rolph' Facebook page still active, and a page set up by George himself to explain personal side of the story.

    It is not in the news as yet, which sceptics are putting down to being a cover up, but the word is still being passed on with individual Wordpress pages about the topic, and are being circulated widely via Twitter.

    Please see our new post from 13/6/13 for an update on George's case.

    Image source: http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/71078


Related articles

  • Read More

    Figures find thousands of benefit claimants died after found fit for work

    Over 80 people a month have died shortly after being declared “fit to work” prompting campaigners to call for an overhaul of the government’s welfare system, reports the Guardian.Figures from...

  • Read More

    Disability campaigners concerned over benefit shakeups

    The Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is set to announce new reforms to sickness benefits in the hope to get more people into work, reports the Guardian.It is expected the Mr Duncan Smith...

  • Read More

    Single parents are being hit by benefit cuts

    Government statistics detailing who has been affected by the policy have found that in May 2015 49% were single parents with children under the age of five, reports the Guardian.It is being said that...

  • Read More

    Government to review helping benefit claimants back into work

    Led by Professor Dame Carol Black, the inquiry will consider the case for linking people who are entitled to benefits with accepting appropriate treatment or support, reports 24dash.The review's...

  • Read More

    Call for review of benefits delivery

    The inquiry will look at the problems that could occur when benefits are underpaid or delayed, reports 24dash.  The Committee invites written evidence on: Frank Field MP, chair of the committee,...

  • Read More

    11,400 tenants could be affected by new benefits cut

    Inside Housing have analysed data from the government's Stat-Xplore website and has found that 11,449 social housing tenants are set to be affected by the governments plans to remove housing benefit...

  • Read More

    Deaths due to benefit sanctions should have independent investigations

    A report into benefit sanctions by the Work and Pensions Committee has said that suicides linked to sanctions should be scrutinised in a similar manner to deaths in police custody, reports Inside...

  • Read More

    Charity finds benefit sanctions regime to be flawed

    A report conducted for Crisis by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University found that benefit claimants were subject to a ‘postcode lottery' on whether or...

  • Read More

    Cuts to employment and support allowance benefits

    With these cuts it could see new claimants being given just 50p more per week than people who are on job seekers allowance, reports the BBC. The Department for Work and Pensions have said the ESA...

  • Read More

    Proposed benefit rule labelled ‘worse than poor law'

    The Social Security Advisory Committee is currently cons ulting on the proposals which George Osborne first announced in June 2013, reports Inside Housing.The seven day wait would occur on top of the...

What are the Future Funding Arrangements for Supported and Sheltered Housing? "Information on Exempt Accommodation & DWP Review was very informative, but also commend your approach in delivering workshops/conferences in a proactive way, and use of email and your website as a public resource" P.C. - The Hyde Group  


Briefing Signup